Sprawled out on the cool kitchen tiles with the ceiling fan creating a heavenly breeze on my tummy sleep eludes me. My doggie blog is fast approaching, and I still haven’t decided on a topic. I got up to get a drink, patrolled the house, and then stationed myself between the oscillating floor fan and the overhead.
Tom, my favorite family member let me out while he fed and watered my equine charges. The horses get their breakfast around seven every morning. On our way back in Tom grumbled, “It’s going to be a hot one today, Bud. The thermometer is already 85°! You are going to have to stay at home today.” I usually ride with him when he runs to the feed store, or to get hay. Bank runs are fun too! I get doggie treats at both places. Though I love to ride in the truck with my face hanging out the window sucking in the wind, it’s really uncomfortable when we have to stop on hot summer days,
That is when it came to me! The subject for my first blog would be the heat wave from a dog’s point of view. Most dogs want to be with their human family, and we hate the home alone thing. I would whine, beg, and look pathetic hoping to weaken their resolve to leave me behind. My last ditch effort is to run to the big window in the living room that faces the drive to show my most dejected and heartbroken face.
Now that I am older, I know that staying at home in the heat is my humans way of protecting me, but I still don’t like it. One of my doggie friends, Maxine, almost died from heatstroke while waiting in a car for her owner to finish grocery shopping. Maxine, like me, loved to ride in the car. Puppy Alert! Leave us at home, if you really love us.
Lucky me, I am a country dog, Most of the time my paws tread on cushy grass, or the soft sand in the horse work arena. I love to run with the horses when they are working. If I get overheated, I take a dip in the river. Where I used to live my paws got fried on the sidewalks on the way to the field at the end of our street were I was allowed to run. Puppy Alert! When you can fry an egg on the concrete or asphalt let us walk on the grass, whenever you can.
Mom chose a puppy picture of me for this blog. I used to visit the farm when I was little, and came to live here when I was two. My coat is long, and I have a thick undercoat that is great insulation. It protects me from the cold of winter, but also from the hot summer sun. My thick undercoat also protects me from, mosquitoes, dear flies, and more! I am half Golden Retriever and half German Shepard; I am a pretty hairy guy. My friend Beau is a Golden, and he can’t spend much time outside. He was body clipped for the summer, and if he were in the sun long he would get sunburned. Puppy Alert! If you use clippers to shorten a long coat, don’t leave your doggie friend in the sun longer that it takes to water the tires and fertilize a spot in the lawn!
Wow! Mom just put some ice cubes in my water bowl. I think I’ll go have a cool drink, and then stakeout a good spot in front of a fan, where I can keep an eye on things.
Stay safe everyone, and drink lots of water. This heat can’t last forever. Stop by and visit with me next month.
Bye for now!